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The Many Forms of Addiction and How Dual Diagnosis Programs Can Help

August 9, 2017 - - 0 Comments

There are so many different forms of addiction; people can become addicted countless substances and behaviors beyond illegal drugs. People can suffer from impulse control, and addiction is often a part of that lack of impulse control. There are certain behaviors that people can become addicted to such as, but not limited to: 



  • Gambling 
  • Sex 
  • Internet  
  • Playing video games 
  • Exercising 
  • Pain/ cutting 
  • Shopping 

Due to the fact that there are various types of addictions, which may co-occur with or even be the underlying of mental health issues, dual diagnosis treatment programs are critical to recovery.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

Dual diagnosis is when a patient is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression, mania, obsessive compulsive disorder or anxiety, and suffers from substance abuse as well. When a person is given a dual diagnosis, the medical professional has determined that they are suffering from two separate illnesses, and those individual illnesses need to their own treatment plans that are worked concurrently. 

This is why dual diagnosis treatment is such a powerful and useful tool on an addict’s road to recovery. It can be extremely counterproductive for a patient to be treated for one illness without an answer on how to deal with and heal from the other illness. For many people, an inpatient dual diagnosis program is the most effective way to get treatment and work on both diagnosed illnesses at the same time. 

How Do You Know If You Need To Seek Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Research has shown that many addicts suffer from some sort of mental health condition. This is why dual diagnosis treatment is highly effective, but how do you know if that is the type of treatment you or a loved one needs? There are some key factors that go along with the substance abuse that could indicate that an inpatient dual diagnosis program would be the best option. 

  • Escape Psychological Problems – People may use drugs because they are depressed and want to feel better, or they feel out of control or unable to handle the stresses of life, or are suffering froquietm PTSD. These are all psychological disorders that need to be treated alongside the subsequent substance abuse.
  • History of Mental Illness – If you or a loved one has had a history of mental illness, there is a possibility that illness has resurfaced or is no longer being treated which leads to the use of the substances. If you have ever been diagnosed with a mental illness, then a dual diagnosis program will most likely be the most effective treatment. 

Treatment Centers For Men

The best treatment centers provide individualized treatment based on the need and the issue that each person suffers from. Dual diagnosis treatment centers for men are no different. According to scientific research and evidence, men and women can suffer very differently when it comes to addiction, drug abuse, and mental health. Because of this information, the way each gender is treated for the aforementioned issues will be different as well.  

It has been found that around half of the men who struggle, or have struggled, with addiction typically are dealing with another mental illness. This is why dual diagnosis treatment centers for men are so important to the recovery of those looking to become whole again without the use of any substances.

His House Rehab offers industry leading Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs. We were founded in 1994 and we base our Drug and Alcohol Treatment programs on five key principles: commitment, honesty, integrity, respect, and service. These five principles guide us in all that we do and all the care we provide. Contact us today to see how we can help you or your loved one at (888) 681-4594.

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